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What Does it Really Mean? The Mainstreaming of Anti-Zionism and Anti-Israel Slogans Post-10/7

Featuring Shaya Lerner, Oren Jacobson, Karen Milner

Livestream Mar 7, 10:00am-11:00am ET
Since October 7th, there has been an effort to mainstream anti-Israel slogans and messaging across our public discourse from anti-Israel protests to statements by elected officials to official government positions. This session will unpack the meaning and problematic use of slogans like “From the River to the Sea,” accusations of Israeli “genocide” and hate-filled statements about Zionism, and explain how their use is contributing to the intensified climate of antisemitism we are seeing around the world.


Oren Jacobson

Co-Founder, Executive Director, Project Shema

Oren Jacobson is a civic entrepreneur, thought leader, and organizer focused on addressing systemic problems. He’s the co-founder and Executive Director of Project Shema which trains and supports the Jewish community and allies to more effectively address contemporary antisemitism, with an emphasis on how anti-Jewish ideas can emerge in progressive spaces, including in discourse around Israel and Palestine. Oren is a nationally recognized expert on this issue and, through this work, he has advised major Jewish institutions and served as a subject matter expert on antisemitism to multinational corporations and institutions for higher learning. He’s the former National Chapter Development Director for the New Leaders Council, where he helped grow NLC into the largest leadership development organization in the progressive movement. He also co-founded and continues to lead Men4Choice, a multi-state advocacy organization working to bring male allies into the fight for reproductive freedom. He holds a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Chicago, a Master’s in Economics and Policy Analysis from DePaul University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Regis University.

Karen Milner

National Chairperson, South African Jewish Board of Deputies

Karen Milner (PhD) is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa. She is also the elected National Chairperson of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (the representative spokes body for the Jewish community in South Africa) and a vice President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC).

Karen is actively involved in fighting all forms of racism and antisemitism in South Africa, in particular on South African university campuses and in the government arena.


Shaya Lerner

Director of Israel Affairs, ADL

Shaya Lerner is ADL’s Director of Israel Affairs, and Associate Director of Middle Eastern Affairs. He is responsible for helping develop ADL’s Israel policies and programs, including on anti-Zionism, BDS trends, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as on issues related to global antisemitism, Iran, and persecuted minorities around the world.

Shaya has drafted and edited numerous ADL statements, letters, op-eds and policy memos on a variety of international issues and has contributed to a number of ADL publications.

Shaya joined ADL in 2011. He resides in White Plains, NY, and holds a Masters in Global Affairs from New York University and a B.A. from Yeshiva University, where he studied history and philosophy.